Wood Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages
Examining Wood Window Shutters: Advantages and Disadvantages
Wood shutters may be used on the inside or outside. Inside shutters are decorative, but functional, while many exterior wood shutters are fixed, so they don’t close.
The advantages of wood window shutters are:
- Attractive. Wood window shutters are an attractive alternative to traditional blinds or other window treatments. The shutters are neat, and plain wood matches any room décor.
- Protection. Wood shutters protect against sun and heat in summer and wind and cold in winter. They can be adjusted to allow varying amounts of air to enter.
- Light control. Even where they’re closed, wood shutters can be fine tuned to allow varying amounts of light to enter. The slats can also be adjusted to block light out completely.
- Low maintenance. You don’t have to use soap and water to clean wood shutters. A light dusting here and there is all that’s needed.
If you don’t like plain yellow, maple or oak shutters, you can paint them any color you want. Before putting in the effort, check with the manufacturer. Wood shutters are available in almost any color or stain.
The disadvantages of wood window shutters are:
- Limited storm protection. Although exterior wood shutters are usually fixed, functional types are available. They provide some protection against storms, but far less than fiberglass, metal, or aluminum.
- Susceptible to humidity. The average wood shutter doesn’t perform well in humid environments. They warp and the finishes can become damaged from moisture. If your environment is steamy, you’ll have to buy the more expensive hardwood varieties to avoid frequent touch-ups and replacements.
- Expensive. Wood window shutters are more expensive than most materials. Faux wood and composite cost less, but they don’t look or function like real wood.